Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka counselling after ‘devastating’ clash with fans against Crystal Palace

first_img Phil HaighWednesday 30 Oct 2019 7:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link91Shares Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka is getting help from the club after his public spat with fans (Picture: Rex Features)Granit Xhaka will be offered counselling by Arsenal as they are concerned for his mental well-being after his outburst against fans on Sunday.The Swiss midfielder was booed off the field by Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League and responded angrily to the supporters’ taunts.The Gunners captain threw his hands in the air, cupped his ear, was seen saying ‘f**k off’ before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.Arsenal manager Unai Emery described the 27-year-old as ‘devastated’ by the situation and reports have emerged that the club will offer him counselling to help him through the tough time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He trained normally with the group but he is devastated,’ said Emery on Tuesday. ‘He is sad about that situation,‘His commitment is great every time. He wants to help.‘His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really he knows he was wrong.‘He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.’ Advertisement Xhaka has not commented since the substitution (Picture Rex)Emery had called for Xhaka to apologise for his actions immediately after the game at the Emirates, saying: ‘Yes [he should apologise]. We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that.‘Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep.’However, there has been no public apology forthcoming as yet, but the Spaniard is remaining patient with his player, insisting that he is focussed on Xhaka’s mental health before needing to hear him say sorry.‘I don’t need his apology,’ continued Emery. ‘Because I know he is devastated, we can speak about all the situation but first it’s him.‘He is now very down and we need to support him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My ideal future is to watch again Xhaka playing and every supporter supporting him. I don’t know if I can or will achieve it but this is my ideal.‘Also for him it’s the same but also I think we need now to be calm step by step so we can progress.’Xhaka will not play on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup clash with Liverpool at Anfield, although a number of first team players were always going to be rested for that match.MORE: Every word Unai Emery said about Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal captaincy & Mesut Ozil before Liverpool clashMORE: Unai Emery reveals how Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reacted to shocking Granit Xhaka outburst Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka counselling after ‘devastating’ clash with fans against Crystal Palacelast_img read more

Teacher: ‘I won’t break up a fight’

first_imgPhysical restraint laws making teachers feel ‘powerless’Stuff 11 September 2018Family First Comment: First they came and undermined parents. Now the government is undermining teachers. And it will all end in tears – and a violent undisciplined society.  “Teachers were doing what they thought was right and “that’s the important part, but sometimes that’s forgotten when they’re investigated”, he said.”Some primary school teachers are refusing to break up fights between students for fear of being investigated.More than 2000 incidents of teachers restraining primary students have been reported since the new physical restraint laws came into force a year ago – an average of 13 reports a day.When Amy Cunningham, a teacher at Rowandale School in south Auckland, broke up a fight in her classroom, she was asked to follow protocol and report it to the Ministry of Education.The thought of her actions going on the record troubled her for weeks until her principal reassured her that it was part of the process.Since then, she’s decided to never touch a child to break up a fight.“I would stand in the middle of it so that it’s me that would take the hits,” she said.READ MORE: read more

Utility bills changing to show how much you pay for energy efficiency program

first_imgDES MOINES — The state’s largest utilities will send out bills this month that have a new way of listing what’s known as the “energy efficiency charge.”MidAmerican Energy spokesman Geoff Greenwood says a change in the law led to the change in the way the charge shows up on your bill. “Previously the legislature had forbidden the utilities from separately listing that charge, so that charge was bundled into the energy rate charge,” according to Greenwood. “Now effective in your January bill — you will see a new charge called the energy efficiency charge.”Greenwood says any state-regulated utility has to make the change on the bill. He says there is also going to be a change in the amount you pay for the energy efficiency charge. “We expect that MidAmerican energy customers will save approximately $81 a year for residential gas and electric customers on the energy efficiency charges. That’s because the legislature enacted a law that establishes a cap on energy efficiency spending,” Greenwood says.The legislation limits energy efficiency program spending at 2% for electric and 1.5% for natural gas. The money from the plans is used for things like rebates when you buy a new more energy efficient appliance or new insulation. Greenwood says the way the money is spent now could be different for each utility.“Each regulated utility had to submit its own proposed plan, and the Iowa Utilities Board has to rule on each regulated utilities proposed energy efficiency plan by March 31st,” Greenwood says. Greenwood says they types of things the money is spent on will be changing with the new plan awaiting approval by the Utilities Board.The bill passed the Iowa Legislature after extensive debate. Critics said the cap on the program is too low and many customers cannot afford energy efficiency measures in their homes and businesses without the rebates.last_img read more